3 Studios, 3 Budgets: What Would You Buy?

Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, By Markkus Rovito, Kevin Becka, and Wes Maebe


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Although this unit does not really belong in this category, the main reason we procured the Lexicon PCM92 is mainly to dial in some reverb for the artists while recording. Naturally this machine can be used in conjunction with the API when mixing.

With the API, the UAD and our extra plug-ins, we are pretty much covered, but it’s always nice to have some extra flavors at hand. The 1608 gives us a bunch of extra 500 series slots, acting like a big lunch box and allowing us to expand our tool chest quite significantly.

I’ve put in a Radial X Amp 500 Series to help out with re-amping bass and guitars, the brand new Cranesong Falcon 500 Series compressor for character and warmth, an ultra-clean DAV 501 preamp which has an amazing DI and tons of headroom, an extra API 525 compressor to complement the rest of the 1608 vibe and Moog’s new 500 Series Analog Delay.

Cranesong Falcon 500 Series

Cranesong Falcon 500 Series

On top of all the extra 500 modules, I’ve specified a top-class workhorse: the Massenburg 2020 channel strip, which will give you another taste of mic pre, an extremely versatile compressor and another great EQ. It’s a costly unit, but you can use it on anything and it’ll come in real handy when it is time to mix the vocals.

George Massenburg Labs 2020

George Massenburg Labs 2020

Right, we’re set up with all this amazing high-end gear, but there are a few bits and pieces we still need to tie it all together.

Our impressive microphone list would be rather useless without their stands, so lets add in seven K&M boom stands so we can mike up the drum kit, put up the vocal mics and our Lauten Audio stereo configuration, a couple of K&M short stands for the kick, snare and guitar cabs and an sE Reflection Filter so we can avoid any unwanted room sound on certain instruments and vocals.

And just in case you need to do some keyboard programming, the Teenage Engineering OP-1 keyboard will give you all the functionality you need to get the job done, and then some!

Teenage Engineering OP-1

Teenage Engineering OP-1

You’re going to be spending a lot of time in this fabulous setup, with a lot of different people and egos and the vibe will always be important. So, by means of “wombification,” let’s purchase a nice lava lamp and the piece de resistance, a Saeco Odea coffee machine. Ask any producer/engineer or artist what they like about a studio, and except for the equipment, 9 out of 10 will say, “the coffee!”

Saeco Odea

Saeco Odea

Fire it all up, have fun and rock out!

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